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  • Broken

    Broken

    ★★★★

    In "Broken," a slice-of-life drama set in London’s working-class suburbs, things aren’t always what they seem. We think we have a handle on what’s happening, and why. But then a little more information is revealed, and that changes our entire perspective, almost magically.

    At the outset, the camera follows 12-year old “Skunk,” a precocious, eager girl on her meandering walk home from school. When she finally arrives at her cul-de-sac, she chats briefly with an awkward, older neighbor boy called…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    I’m a little embarrassed to say that it took this long for me to finally get around to seeing what is widely viewed as a classic. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I sat down to watch one of , if not the, seminal science fiction films of all time, "2001: A Space Odyssey." I think I had some notion that the technology would look sort of dated, but that since it was directed by Stanley Kubrick, the…

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  • Stevie

    Stevie

    ★★★★★

    Some people should not be parents. That’s the message.

    As a college student at Southern Illinois University in the mid-80s, would-be director Steve James (notable for the inspiring 1994 film “Hoop Dreams,” as well as for following former Chicago gang members as they try to stop the cycle of violence, in 2011’s terrific “The Interrupters,” and finally my favorite 30-for-30 film “No Crossover,” about the highly-publicized assault trial of enigmatic high-school basketball phenom Allen Iverson) volunteered as an Advocate Big…

  • World Trade Center

    World Trade Center

    ★★★½

    Even though I was fascinated by the event that inspired it, for some reason I never saw the 2006 film "World Trade Center." I guess I figured it was going to be an overly earnest, biased, or over-the-top portrayal of the horrible carnage we all saw that day. Because of the exhaustive and continuous news coverage, I couldn’t imagine there was much about the tragedy I didn’t already know. Still, curious about the film all these years later, I watched…